The Johns Hopkins Gazette: January 13, 2003

January 13, 2003
VOL. 32, NO. 17

Obituary: Harry Woolf, former provost, History of Science chair, dies
'Partners of the Heart': PBS to tell the story of two 'blue baby' pioneers
New from JHU Press
Novel use of protein may play role in lifespan extension
Illuminating the past
Research: Cell division required at least twice before fat cells mature
Parents' views on toy guns vary by gender and race, survey reveals
Picture postcard
Job Opportunities
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Inventing a new role
His name may not ring a bell, but every time a phone rings, the technology that James E. West helped develop is likely to get a workout. During a distinguished private-industry career spanning more than 40 years, West co-invented the reliable yet inexpensive electret microphone used in most telephones, tape recorders and other important devices.
   But after he retired from Bell Labs in 2001, West decided he wasn't quite ready to hang up his tools. "One thing was clear: I'd had a great life in research. It wasn't broken, so why fix it?" he says. "So I set up interviews with 10 universities, and Johns Hopkins came out on top." Full story...

Next JHM off-campus moves set
The search is over. Johns Hopkins Medicine has selected two prominent city locations to serve as new off-site office space for several administrative departments currently located on the East Baltimore campus.
   The plan is to relocate 220 personnel by early fall into the newly built Bond Street Wharf, located at Bond and Thames streets in Fells Point, and One Charles Center, which sits at 100 N. Charles St. in the heart of Baltimore's downtown area.
   In total, Hopkins will occupy roughly 50,000 square feet of space, 35,000 of which will be at Bond Street Wharf. Full story...

New life for rare books at George Peabody Library
The George Peabody Library, home to more than 300,000 books that date as far back as the 15th century, has received a $325,000 Save America's Treasures grant to improve the library's ability to preserve its rich and unique research collection.
   The money will be spent to upgrade and modernize the heating and air conditioning system in the historic library, which opened in 1878. Though its striking atrium-style reading room ranks among the most beautiful library spaces in the world, the building's 61-foot-high ceiling and skylight pose significant preservation challenges. Full story...

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